I was in the bookstore the other day and picked up The Ultimate Survival Manual: 333 Skills That Will Get You Out Alive by Rich Johnson. As I thumbed through the book, I saw great value in its pages. As I further perused some of the pages, I realized why the back of the book stated: “Your go-to guide for surviving anything”.
This book is just that. It displayed on the rear jacket how it was broken into three main sections: Wilderness, Disaster and Urban Survival. However, once you start at the beginning you realize that it has a fourth section. Essentials.
I know many people that will buy this manual for that section alone because it gives you the checklists for everything. Car, BOB/GOOD and EDC bags, house and it goes from there.
The sections of the book make it easy to read and put into practice the snippet that you just learned without having to worry about losing your place or attempt some complex process that is going to save your life. The 333 skills are broken down into bite sized chunks that are easily digestible and certainly easy for the beginner or the seasoned survivalist to understand.
I have been a fan of Outdoor Life since I was a child because of their stories, tips and great pictures. Now, as someone who reaches out to others to teach basic survival and preparedness skills, I have added this as a required read. And, at the moment, both my 11 and 14 year olds are reading it and enjoying the content and the beautiful pictures. I know the durability of this book will stand up to their little hands as well.
All in all, two words is all you need to know about The Ultimate Survival Manual. Buy it! You will be glad you did.
Use your instincts to survive.